Fort Worth Symphony implements safety protocols for live season in 2020-21

Posted on: August 6, 2020

“Live concerts by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) and guest performers will be back for this upcoming season, but … audience capacity will be significantly reduced … and the Symphony’s Pop Up Series will now take place at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium,” writes Bryan Mena in Wednesday’s (8/5) Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX; subscription required). “Bass Performance Hall has the capacity to seat 2,060 patrons … scaled down to 500 for the new season. For the Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium, its usual capacity of 2,856 patrons is going down to roughly 800…. Audience members will be required to wear a mask…. There won’t be any intermissions or concessions… There will be hand sanitizing stations [and] subscribers will be provided new seating arrangements…. FWSO officials [said] that ‘all patrons must fill out a COVID-19 health questionnaire prior to attending concert to ensure the safety of all guests, musicians and staff.’ … There will only be 40 musicians on stage … at Bass Hall and 30 musicians on stage for performances at Will Rogers. All strings, percussion and keyboardists will wear masks … during performances. Woodwinds and brass performers will have Plexiglas shields and will wear a mask when they are not playing.”